Van Horne Newsletter: June 2020

Van Horne Community Newsletter

June 2020

Mayor’s note

By Van Horne Mayor Marty Unge

Greetings Van Horne Area Residents!

Well we have had our about every five-year monsoon that dumped 4 inches of rain in town, followed the next day with another rain.

Van Horne Mayor Marty Junge

I can’t give you a total as it still raining as I write this. Most sewer systems are not prepared to handle a rain of this magnitude, Van Horne’s included. We have asked residents to not put their sump pumps and downspouts into the sewer lines because that is what causes the increased amount in the sewer lines which causes backups into houses.  Your sump pump and your eave spouts should dump onto  your own lawn. If they are not, you are in city code violation and need to change your practice because you are flooding the system and causing your neighbors damage to their basements. You can be ticketed and fined for these violations. Thanks for your attention to this.

With all the rain we will begin our mosquito spraying as weather permits. This will be done once a week.

As you know all recreation activities have been suspended for the summer, but the ball fields are open for practices or individual workouts. The park playgrounds are also open. Please practice safe distancing and bring your own sanitizing equipment.  

On a high note High School baseball and softball games will begin on the 15th. Maybe something to do. The streets have been repaired and on the east side of town replaced, looks like they did a great job. Lots of compliments on the new street. The Sons of the Legion are still planning on starting their Monday night sandwich suppers on August 17.

The Van Horne Alumni Association has designed a book of the History of the Van Horne High School from 1893 until 1965, it includes 80 pages of classes and sports activities. They are taking orders now through September 1. Cost is $20 if picked up $25 if shipped. You can order from Jo Schallau 319-228-8330 or Don Knaack 319-228-8215. Thanks for your great work on this project.

There are currently a lot of houses for sale in town, kind of unusual, but they don’t normally  last on the market very long.

Your thought for the month from a great man, Abraham Lincoln. “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Pray our country can heal.”

Thanks and have a great rest of the month. Your Mayor Marty.

Dates On Deck:

June 14 BC High School Commencement @ High School beginning at 2 p.m.

June 25 Mississippi Valley Blood Drive 2-6 p.m. To schedule an appointment call the Blood Center at (800)747-5401 or online at

July 13 City Council meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

Water bills can be paid online at or from the City of Van Horne website. Thank you.

Benton’s Commencement for the “Class of 2020” will be June 14 at 2 pm in the MS/HS gymnasium. Due to the ceremony being limited to five guests per graduate we will be live streaming the event. Please join us on-line as we celebrate and congratulate our seniors at the link below!


  • Please, do not put any glass bottles into the LIONS’ receptacles until further notice.  Cans are acceptable.  Thank You!!  
  • Sorting?  Throwing things away?  Garbage bags are available from the Wiebke’s at 228-8348


The Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings and will continue with curbside Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Open Wednesday afternoons and curbside Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings.

For Curbside, pick what you want ahead of time, call me at 319-228-8744

I will have it ready to meet you curbside at set time.


It is time to bring back your books and videos, books are only good for two weeks and videos for one. Fines are now back in effect with the library being partially open.


Adult Fiction: BIG SUMMER by Jennifer Weiner, CAMINO WINDS by John Grisham, CLOSE UP by Amanda Quick, HELLO SUMMER by Mary Kay Andrews, THE WEDDING DRESS by Danielle Steel, ROBERT B. PARKER’S GRUDGE MATCH by Mike Lupica, THE 20TH VICTIM by James Patterson, BEING KNOWN by Robin Jones Gunn, FURMIDABLE FOES by Rita Mae Brown, TRUTH AND JUSTICE by Fern Michaels, A WEEK AT THE SHORE by Barbara Delinsky,

Children’s: POOL PARTY by Doreen Cronin, DUCK STAYS IN THE TRUCK by Doreen Cronin, YOU CAN DO IT NOISY NORA by Rosemary Wells, WHAT ABOUT WORMS by Mo Willems

Juvenile Fiction: A CEILING MADE OF EGGSHELLS by Gail Carson Levine

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